Palmer’s ink on paper drawing entitled “Drunk on the Blood of the Holy Ones” has been selected for Number Inc.’s annual Art of the South exhibition. This exhibition focuses on showcasing the who’s who of the Tennessee and Southern contemporary art scene. The juror, Mark Scala, is Chief Curator at the First Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, TN. Scala selected forty works for display out of over 300 entries. The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 2nd, 2017 from 6-8 PM at L Ross Gallery in Memphis, TN. The exhibition will remain open until June 30, 2017.
The University of Tennessee at Martin’s 2017 Visual and Theatre Arts Student Exhibition had its opening reception on Tuesday, April 11th. Palmer’s works entitled God is Not Partial received 1st Place in the Drawing category and Uncommon Core received 1st Place in the Painting category. The show will continue to be on view through April 29th during regular gallery hours.
The Visual and Theatre Arts Department of the University of Tennessee at Martin would like to announce Clay Palmer’s senior BFA thesis exhibition entitled “Know Jehovah!” The exhibition will contain drawings, paintings, and sculptures created over the past two years. Palmer’s work addresses his religious beliefs as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and serves as a visual commentary on themes such as identity, faith, persecution, and the current socio-political environment. The exhibition dates are March 14th – 25th, 2017 with an opening reception scheduled for March 14th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be available.
Clay is a senior Fine Arts major and University Scholar at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was raised in Dresden, TN and graduated from Dresden High School in 2013. Clay will graduate from UTM in May with his BFA in Visual Art and will move directly to working as a Staff Support Lead for the Memphis College of Art’s Summer Art Camp. His work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally, and his research is set to be presented at the Southern Regional Honors Council Conference that will take place on March 30th – April 1st in Asheville, North Carolina. Clay is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enjoys spending time in the door-to-door ministry. He currently resides in Bradford, TN with his family and plans to continue creating and exhibiting artwork post-graduation.
Palmer’s works entitled “Uncommon Core” and “Dotted Tie, Dotted Eye” have been selected for the 6th Annual League of Striving Artists Exhibition: “Not Your Mama’s Art Show”. The theme approaches Millennial conflicts and interpretations as follows:
From a barrage of information on social media platforms, to more personal experiences, Millennials face a storm of conflicting ideas, beliefs and events. “Not Your Mama’s Art Show: Millennial Conflicts & Interpretations” is an acknowledgement of differences of opinions and an excursion into defining personal beliefs and discovering both individual identity and the collective identity of a community of people, separated from others by a generational gap, yet still closely tied together through various traditions and experiences.
The juror for the exhibition is Natalie C. Tyree. Natalie is an Assistant Professor of Art at Delta State University where she teaches Graphic Design. She received her MFA from Indiana State University and her BFA from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
The opening reception will be at the UTM Fine Arts Gallery from 5 to 6:30 PM on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Refreshments will be available.
Palmer’s painting “Aftermath of Gobitis” was awarded Best in Show at the opening reception for the Ice House Gallery’s Impressions 2016 exhibit on December 9th, 2016. Two other paintings, “Looking Back, Looking Ahead” and “The Fires of Zeal” were also selected for the exhibition by juror Arlene Berry. The Ice House Gallery is located at 120 N 8th Street, Mayfield, KY. The work will be on view until December 28th and gallery hours are 10 AM to 5 PM on Tuesday through Friday, and 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturday. For more information call (270) 247-6971.
Palmer’s painting entitled “Looking Back, Looking Ahead” will be a part of the 2016: Winds of Chaos group exhibition. This exhibition is a component of Dr. Carol Eckert’s ARTH 410 Contemporary Art class and will feature work based around the events and emotions transpiring in the year 2016. Refreshments will be available, and the artists will be in attendance.
Clay Palmer was recently interviewed by fellow University of Tennessee at Martin student Rachel Melton about his current process and body of work. Rachel is a junior Graphic Design major and fellow University Scholar.